Bard College - Graduate Programs in Sustainability

Why you should consider this program

Our distinctive programs in environmental policy, climate science and policy, environmental education, and sustainable business offer Fellows access to the knowledge, tools, methods of inquiry, professional development, courage, and ambition necessary to create effective change on the scale that these extraordinary times in which we live demand. Fellows within each of our graduate programs will enjoy financial and academic benefits while taking part in the unique curricular offerings here at Bard.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 70,000 $ 21,000 $ 49,000
Out of state $ 70,000 $ 21,000 $ 49,000
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Please note that the tuition and fees do change slightly each year, but Coverdell Fellows can expect to receive:

  • CEP Fellowship: 30-40% off of tuition  
  • MBA Fellowship: 30% off of tuition
  • $65 Application Waiver
  • Program Assistantship opportunities: Bi-weekly stipend

The financial information above highlights the M.S. and M.Ed. programs in the Center for Environmental Policy. The MBA is Sustainability program's tuition and fees are approximately $85,000 with a Fellowship of $25,500 and final net cost of about $59,500.”

Note: Tuition within Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability differs by program. The fellowship award amount is based off a percentage of the tuition of each program .

Fellowships awarded per year (average)

No limit.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 28,550

Application fee waived?



Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability Coverdell Fellows students are required to complete an internship and/or community engagement project in an underserved U.S. community over the course of the program in which they are enrolled. Program faculty and staff support Fellows in identifying key communities and projects to initiate this work. Students enrolled in the Center for Environmental Policy may complete both an internship supporting an underserved U.S. community and an internship abroad (to build upon an interest in international development work).

Jobs for program alumni

Program Officer in the Global Gender Office -- International Union for the Conservation of Nature Consultant -- Eversource Energy Standards Manager -- Bonsucro Program Assistant -- Forest Trends Association Program Officer -- ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability.

Other details

Program length

2 years (full-time), 3 years (part-time)

Application requirements

Online application, official transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, resume, admissions interview.

Admissions process

Applicants who seek to apply to the Coverdell Fellows program should submit an official DOS to the Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability Admissions Office. RPCV's may indicate their status as a Coverdell Fellows applicant within the online application. Applicants who are accepted into a program of study will also be notified of their acceptance into the Bard Coverdell Fellows program.

Program begins

End of August

Non-traditional options

  • Low residency or distance learning
  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship

Note: distance learning is only available in the MBA program.

Coverdell Fellows who wish to pursue a dual MS/JD with Pace Law are only eligible to receive Bard Coverdell Fellows benefits while enrolled at Bard.


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